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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 16, 2014 No Comments

1910 – Birth of David McCampbell, American World War II fighter pilot; he became the U.S. Navy’s all-time leading ace. 1922 – Death of Alan John Lance Scott, New Zealand World War I flying ace; he has been Winston Churchill’s flying instructor. 1941 – The Luftwaffe mounts its first heavy attack on Malta, targeted on [...]

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Navy Super Hornet Crashes, Pilot Rescued

Jan 16, 2014 No Comments

By Reuters A U.S. Navy jet crashed in the Atlantic Ocean off the Virginia coast but its pilot ejected and was rescued on Wednesday, a week after a Navy helicopter crash killed two sailors. The Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet went down during routine training flight about 45 miles from Virginia Beach at 2:30 p.m., the [...]

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Royal Navy to Fly ScanEagle UAV

Jan 16, 2014 No Comments

The UK Royal Navy is poised to conduct its first operational flights with the Boeing/Insitu ScanEagleunmanned air system, as the service continues to evaluate its long-term requirements for such equipment. “The [ScanEagle] system starts real operations from this week, on maritime security patrols in the [Arabian] Gulf and in the Indian Ocean,” says Cdr. Bow Wheaton, [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 15, 2014 No Comments

1894 – Birth of Phillip Bernard “Bruce” Prothero, Scottish World War I flying ace. 1919 – Royal Air Force Maj. A.S.C. MacLaren and Capt. Robert Halley arrive in Delhi, completing the first England-India flight, in a Handley Page V/1500. 1937 – First flight of the Beechcraft Model 18, or “Twin Beech” (military version, the Beech [...]

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U.N. Drone Crashes in Africa

Jan 15, 2014 No Comments

By Reuters An unmanned aircraft used by U.N. peacekeepers in Democratic Republic of Congo crashed on Wednesday near the eastern town of Goma, sources at the airport and interior ministry said. The United Nations force started using drones – a first for the world body – last month to help it monitor armed groups operating along Congo’s border zone with [...]

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Ohio Aviation Museum Two Showcases in One

Jan 15, 2014 No Comments

Liberty Aviation Museum, located in picturesque Port Clinton, Ohio, is actually two museums in one. As you walk into the gallery, you are struck by telling two stories. As you enter the main gallery, traditional World War II items are on display. Anything from flight suits to instrument panels and even a piece of the [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 13, 2014 No Comments

1906 – First air exhibition of the Aero Club of America opens for eight days in the U.S. Army’s 69th Infantry Regiment Armory in New York City. 1917 – Capt. C.F. Collet of the Royal Flying Corps becomes the first British service flyer to make parachute jump when he uses a Calthrop “Guardian Angel” parachute [...]

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Avro Anson Found After 1942 Disappearance

Jan 13, 2014 No Comments

The wreckage of a military plane that disappeared after taking off from an air force base near Victoria, B.C., Canada in 1942 has been discovered near Lake Cowichan. “It’s still early in the investigation but we have identified the plane,” said Laurel Clegg, a forensic anthropologist with the Department of National Defence. She and her [...]

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